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Spied: 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup moving closer to production

Spied: 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup moving closer to production image

Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | May 29, 2017 12:59

New spy photos confirms Jeep's plan to enter the pickup segment

It has been a long while since we last saw the Wrangler pickup prototype that is slated to be launched alongside the next-generation 4x4. Now, our eagle-eyed spies were able to snap new photos of the Wrangler pickup prototype with minor revisions.

The prototype pickup is still heavily camouflaged but we do get to see what could be the final production design of the bed and rear quarter panels. Also, the rear wheels are now centered on the wells while the fender flares now look like the final design.

Spied: 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup moving closer to production

We have yet to see the front fascia but the pickup may have a different face altogether compared to the standard Limited and Unlimited models. Do remember, however, that a leaked photo of what is supposedly the 2018 Wrangler was released back in March. Compared to the current generation, the next-gen Wrangler will have an evolutionary design as it will apparently keep its boxy profile while making use of a windshield with greater rake.

Spied: 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup moving closer to production

Other details about the pickup remain a mystery but Jeep did mention that all-new Wrangler will reportedly be available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter alongside the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel and 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. A new 8-speed automatic gearbox will apparently be offered in the lineup as well. With this in mind, it's highly likely that the pickup version will also be offered with the same powertrain optons.

Spied: 2018 Jeep Wrangler pickup moving closer to production

Both the SUV and pickup versions will be built alongside the recently retooled Toledo, Ohio plant which received a $700 million investment.